D-day for Macheso

HARARE - Harare Civil Court magistrate Tafadzwa Muvhami will today rule on sungura legend Alick Macheso’s maintenance case in which his  estranged second wife Tafadzwa Fortunate Mapako is demanding $7 000 in child and spousal support.

Macheso yesterday offered $150 per month as maintenance for his two children saying he is an ordinary musician who is struggling to make ends meet in a harsh economy.

The Tafadzwa Nyarara singer’s lawyer Norman Mugiya said the ex-wife was not eligible for maintenance since the two were divorced.

“Macheso has properly submitted that he is a man of limited financial means and is not formally employed,” said Mugiya.

“He is an ordinary musician and his income fluctuates depending with the opportunities. He is offering $150 which is a whopping figure for Fortunate Mapako pending paternity tests.”

Mapako’s lawyer Gift Nyandoro told the court that Macheso was liable to foot the demand since he was a nationally and regionally recognised musician.

“We believe that the respondent does shows every Friday, Saturday and Sunday getting at least $6 000 per show, meaning he realises $24 000 in three days and almost    $90 000 per month,” said Nyandoro.

“We are not talking of an upcoming artiste or any other artiste doing drama in First Street; we are talking of a national, regional and internationally recognised musician. He is a man of means and is able to foot the bill.”

Tafadzwa says she is ready for DNA tests for the two children after Macheso cast doubt on the children’s paternity.

In the maintenance application, Tafadzwa claimed Macheso had been neglecting her and the children since December last year.

She is demanding $7 130 every month towards her upkeep and their children Alick (Junior) and Manisha.

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